11 Powerful Pieces of Advice You’d Give to Your 18-Year-Old Self

When you look back at your younger self, there are probably some things you wish you’d known. Hindsight is 20/20, but it’s never too late to learn important lessons. Here are some priceless pieces of advice your younger self would love to know.

Enjoy Life

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One of the most important lessons to learn is to be happy regardless of what other people think about you. You should also surround yourself with people who make you feel good about yourself.

One user remarked, “Don’t feel so indebted to people, don’t work so hard, look for healthy relationships (including platonic) where you just make each other happy.”

Finish School

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One user dropped out of college and wished she would’ve finished. Although she returned to college, having no kids would’ve made finishing college easier.

Stretch Daily

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Most people think you only have to stretch after going to the gym, but one user mentioned trying daily. As your body ages, you’re more likely to get cramps and other issues that may be avoided with daily stretches.

Take Care of Your Teeth

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Avoid skipping brushing your teeth. Having bad teeth can be painful later and expensive to maintain. Do yourself a favor and invest in an electric toothbrush.

Avoid Gambling

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Not gambling doesn’t mean you can’t step into a casino. However, spending money you don’t have or going into debt, believing you’ll recoup your money, is a recipe for disaster.

Plan Your Financial Future

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You only live once. However, planning for your financial future is a must. The energy and physical strength you have today won’t be the same decades from now. To avoid working to maintain your lifestyle, invest in a retirement account, pay off your house, and grow your income. Building wealth is challenging, but nothing worthwhile ever is. However, you’ll be financially well off if you put in the work now.

Maintain Physical Health

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“Preserve your joints (shoulders, hips, knees) and overall physical health. No matter how successful you become, chronic pain will lead you into a life of misery.”

Enjoy the Journey

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Most people are anxious about reaching a certain income or building a successful business. However, it will take longer than you think. Even if you achieve your goals quickly, learn to enjoy the journey. If you don’t enjoy your current work, no amount of money will improve it.

Do What You Love

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Many go to law school or take a career with a higher income to please their parents or someone else. However, this will only make you feel miserable down the road. People will say good and bad things about you anyway. You might as well live life your way.

Experience First

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One user said, “Travel as much as you can. Date as much as you can. Work as much as you can. Do as much school as you can. Meet as many people as possible! Do as many activities as you can.”

Travel can be incredibly valuable and teach you a lot of life lessons.

Build Your Identity

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No matter where you go in life, you’ll always be yourself. That’s why it’s crucial to understand who you are as a person outside of your relationships. Related to this, one user advised, “Stay single in your 20s.”

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10 Workplace Mishaps That Should Probably Get You Fired

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Author: Christopher Alarcon

Title: Journalist

Expertise: personal finance, side hustles, time management

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Christopher Alarcon is a journalist with a deep passion for personal finance. He has contributed to major online publications, including MSN, Wealth of Geeks, and Business Insider.